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#1 posted 01-12-2019 02:52 PM

Hello. Welcome to Lumberjocks! Congrats on the new home and your new shop space.

I’m not going to get into the “deal” question because it’s relative to you only. At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, here’s my perspective… Whenever I buy a tool, I have a specific job and purpose for it beforehand. I didn’t buy a power hand planer until I started to do really large work in an effort to save build time. It doesnt get used often. I also didn’t buy a smoothing planer until I needed it for a boat build. I’ve always let the work determine the tool need. I almost always paid for the tool purchase with the proceeds from the project being done. If the project was for my own needs, the tool purchase was/is considered an investment into future projects abilities. Power tools and hand tools each have their own place/niche in the shop even though you can do the same thing with each. It boils down to time savings and accuracy. Basically, start building stuff. Let the project guide your decisions on tool needs. If possible, use a tool before buying one at a friends or club.

There is nothing wrong in buying used tools. Especially hand planes. Learn to sharpen and flatten them before you buy any more though. Sharp, flat planes are critical to performance and your enjoyment in using them. Good sharpening supplies are expensive but worth it. Buying good used sharpening stuff is not recommended plus very hard to find.

Again, welcome and congratulations!

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